It’s almost 3 weeks since we’ve been through our nation’s Circuit Breaker and for some of us, it’s been taking a heavy toll on our mental and emotional health. To be away from your friends and even family for such an extended period of time? We definitely understand the plight of loneliness in these challenging times.
Your holiday plans? Cancelled. That massive birthday celebration with your friends? Cancelled. 2020? Cancelled.
And though the only that thing we can do now is to hope for the end of the Circuit Breaker on the 1st of June (and sing along to ‘Home’ from our balconies), we can, however, treat ourselves to a little gift every now and then to make our day a little brighter. In this roundup, we have listed some of the cutest beauty buys for you to get your hands on, that will turn that frown upside down and make your day go from drab to fab in no time.
1. Starface Hydro-Stars™ Acne Stickers
Dealing with zits could be the bane of our existence. They come and go every now and then. But what’s worse than treating these pesky pimples? Having to resist picking them, of course. Can you relate?
“It won’t hurt me if I just pick it once, will it?” Now I know we don’t have the luxury of going to our facial clinics now that we’re on partial lockdown, but if you’re dying to treat that zit, meet the healing hydro-stars by Starface. All you need is to apply the star sticker on the area of concern after cleansing your face, leave it on for around 6 hours, and once it has turned opaque, remove the sticker and there you have it! It’s as simple as that!
2. Utena Juicy Cleanse Body Salt Scrub
A nice body scrub should do you some good in keeping your blues at bay. Buff away your worries, and indulge in Utena’s Juicy Cleanse Body Salt Scrub for days when you need a little pick-me-up. With a unique blend of cold-pressed argan oil & 4 types of fruit and vegetable extracts, not only does this salt scrub give you soft and smooth skin, but it’s also a total mood-booster.
Utena Juicy Cleanse Body Salt Scrub ($19.90) is available online at Robinsons.
3. Innisfree Mentos No Sebum Powder
Feeling greasy even when you’re working from home? We feel you. Having to deal with that midday oil slick, no thanks to the weather, is such a mood spoiler. To keep your hands off your face and stay matte all-day, peep innisfree’s latest collaboration with Mentos and their iconic No-Sebum Mineral Powder. Available in their most well-known flavours, you can choose from your favourite Mentos scents including Peach, Lemon, Grape, Cherry, Melon, and Mint.
No-Sebum Mineral Powder Mentos Limited Edition ($10) is available online at Shopee.
4. Iren Skin
Here to make your days a little more cheery, introducing Iren Skin. At first mention, you might think that these beauties are here because of their attractive packaging. You’re not wrong. But to top that off, they are also well-loved by many for the brand’s commitment to clean formulas. For those of us beauty junkies who obsess over what’s in our products, you’d be glad to know that these products are made with clean and safe ingredients while excluding what they call the 7 Big No-Nos – Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Synthetic Colours, Fragrances, Drying Alcohols, Silicones and Mineral Oils!
Being the first of its kind, the Japanese clean beauty brand also uses time-tested Japanese ingredients enhanced with patented cosmetic technology! Whether you’re looking for an anti-ageing or brightening serum, there’s a plethora of options for you to choose from. Some of them to include Iren Skin’s Forever Young Anti-Aging Serum, Glow-Getter Renewal Serum and Star Light Brightening Serum.
The Start Afresh Daily Enzyme Powder Wash ($35), Skin Vaporizer Nano Face Spray ($338.00), Iren Skin’s series of Serums ($58 each), are available online at irenskin.com.
5. Singapore Memories Red Dot Room Fragrance
Oh, how we miss the great outdoors. And though we might have to wait this out for quite some time, the closest you can get to travelling around in Singapore in the comfort off your room is through this unique olfactory by Singapore Memories. Go on an olfactory journey around Singapore with scents that are inspired by the different heritage sites in our little red dot. A classic that smells sublime? Enter the Red Dot Room Fragrance that’s inspired by the Native Orchids of Singapore.
But if you’re not into that, then fret not. With an extensive range, other alternatives from the collection include unique scents from the Glamour of Ion Room to the Singapore Sling Room and even a Kampong Glam Room classic. Ah, doesn’t it just smell like home?
Singapore Memories Red Dot Room Fragrance ($78) available online at NomadX.
6. Temple Candles Singapore Orchid Candle
Nothing quite beats winding down after a day of work (at home) with a glass of wine and a soothing candle like this one by homegrown label Temple Candles. In this series, you’ll find some of their signature Singapore-inspired scents which include some of our local flowers like the Singapore Orchid. Specially curated, hand-poured, and beautifully packaged in a Singapore-based production studio, the label also offers other olfactory options like diffusers and room sprays in their range.
Temple Candles Singapore Orchid Candle ($79) is available online at Temple Candles.
7. Saturday Skin Cotton Cloud Probiotic Power Mask
There’s nothing a cute face mask like this number by Saturday Skin can’t fix. Soothing, hydrating and oh-so-adorable, the Saturday Skin Cotton Cloud Porobitic Power Mask is a cult favourite for many and for good reason. Formulated with a potent blend of prebiotics and probiotics, the microfibre mask claims to enhance the look of healthy skin while adding that much-needed boost of radiance to your complexion. But that’s not the only surprise that it’s packed with, in fact, this must-have also comes with adorable cloud stickers that will definitely put a smile on your face.
Saturday Skin Cotton Cloud Probiotic Power Mask ($9) now available online at Sephora.